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Bonefish & Tarpon Trust News

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is concerned about the newly established SFC Tarpon Championship Series (TCS), which has announced nationally televised tournaments in Islamorada (March 28-30), Charlotte Harbor (April 4-6), and Sarasota (April 20-22). As the only organization focused on restoring the regional tarpon fishery through science-based conservation, stewardship and advocacy, BTT believes the rules, […]

An aerial view of dredging and mangrove removal on Windermere Island. Residents of Savannah Sound, Eleuthera, have alerted Bonefish & Tarpon Trust that a development on Windermere Island has likely dredged and removed mangroves to make space for a marina. Aerial photos and video provided to BTT show a large excavator at work, supporting the […]

A permit tagged in the Lower Keys for Project Permit. Photo: Ian Wilson BTT is working in close collaboration with the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association (FKFGA) and the Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) to support a set of science-based recommendations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) Restoration Blueprint. The coalition’s recommendations underscore […]

An aerial view of the proposed construction sites on Turneffe Atoll. Source: Tunich-Nah Consultants & Engineering  If you fish the flats of Belize or care about the contributions that the Belizean fishery makes to the Florida Keys, we need you to share your public comments as soon as possible. Public comment will be accepted only through […]

A string of tarpon in the Florida Keys. Photo: Marty Dashiell BTT is working in close collaboration with the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association (FKFGA) and the Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) to support a set of science-based recommendations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) Restoration Blueprint. The coalition’s recommendations underscore the critical […]

A school of Florida Keys bonefish. Photo: Tyler Bowman BTT is working in close collaboration with the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association (FKFGA) and the Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) to support a set of science-based recommendations for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) Restoration Blueprint. These recommendations underscore the critical importance of habitat, […]

Anglers fish the flats of Cayo Rosario, which is under threat from proposed development. Photo: Jess McGlothlin Bonefish & Tarpon Trust began working in Belize in 2006 with fisheries science focused on juvenile bonefish habitat. This work soon expanded to a focus on tagging adult bonefish, tarpon, and permit to identify their home ranges and […]

Anglers fish a scarred flat in the Florida Keys. Photo: Tyler Bowman Are you concerned about boats running over Keys flats and destroying vital habitats that will take years to recover? Then the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s proposed Restoration Blueprint should be on your radar. The FKNMS draft management plan will influence access and use […]

BTT is counting on your support on Give Miami Day to sustain our conservation work in South Florida and the Keys. These efforts focus on restoring the Everglades, conserving habitats that benefit fish and wildlife while also providing coastal resilience for South Florida, and addressing threats to water quality. BTT is taking action to ensure the […]

A bonefish pre-spawning aggregation in The Bahamas. Photo: Robbie Roemer Spatial management, which includes protected areas, is an important tool for marine conservation. Protected areas work best when they are part of a network, and provide protection for the needs of different species and for the multiple life stages of species. For example, bonefish use […]